Ned Hanlon (politician)

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Ned Hanlon
Portrait of Ned Hanlon, Premier of Queensland
26th Premier of Queensland
In office
7 March 1946 – 15 January 1952
Preceded byFrank Cooper
Succeeded byVince Gair
30th Treasurer of Queensland
In office
27 April 1944 – 7 March 1946
Preceded byFrank Cooper
Succeeded byJames Larcombe
Deputy Premier of Queensland
In office
16 September 1942 – 7 March 1946
PremierFrank Cooper
Preceded byFrank Cooper
Succeeded byTed Walsh
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Ithaca
In office
8 May 1926 – 15 Jan 1952
Preceded byJohn Gilday
Succeeded byLeonard Eastment
Personal details
Edward Michael Hanlon

(1887-10-01)1 October 1887
Paddington, Brisbane
Died15 January 1952(1952-01-15) (aged 64)
South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Resting placeToowong Cemetery
Political partyLabor
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Carver (d. 1946)
RelationsMary Hansen (daughter), Pat Hanlon (son), Hannah Hanlon (daughter), Julie Potter (daughter)
OccupationGrocer, Soldier
Military service
Branch/serviceAustralian Imperial Force
Years of service1915–19
Unit9th Battalion

Edward Michael Hanlon (1 October 1887 – 15 January 1952) was an Australian politician, who was Premier of Queensland from 1946 to 1952.

Hanlon was born in Brisbane, where he lived throughout his life. After leaving school, he worked in the railways, and soon became a union official. In the 1912 Brisbane General Strike he played a prominent part as a militant. Between 1915 and 1919 Hanlon served in the 9th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division of the Australian Imperial Force, whose traditions and battle honours are proudly carried by the modern 9th Battalion, Royal Queensland Regiment. He served under Captain Cec Carroll during the war, who in 1934 Hanlon (then Minister for Home Affairs) would appoint as the Queensland Police Commissioner.[1]

He entered parliament in 1926, representing the Labor Party as member for Ithaca. After two decades and several cabinet portfolios (notably the Health Ministry, where he worked in tandem with doctor and administrator Sir Raphael Cilento), he became Queensland's Premier, once the septuagenarian Frank Cooper had retired. Over the years Hanlon's outlook mellowed, and he shifted to the political right. Having begun as a union militant, he ended up, as Premier, sending the police to suppress union demonstrations during the 1948 Queensland Railway strike.

He died in office (January 1952), and was succeeded by Vince Gair, the last leader of the state Labor Party administration which had been in power continuously ever since 1932.

Hanlon was accorded a State funeral[2] which took place from St Stephen's Cathedral to the Toowong Cemetery.[3][4]



  1. ^ "CARROLL RETIRES". The Courier-mail (3935). Queensland, Australia. 7 July 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 29 November 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ "State Funeral". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 16 January 1952. p. 1. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Family Notices". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 16 January 1952. p. 12. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. ^ Hanlon Edward Michael — Brisbane City Council Grave Location Search. Retrieved 7 January 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frank Cooper
Premier of Queensland
Succeeded by
Vince Gair
Preceded by
Frank Cooper
Treasurer of Queensland
Succeeded by
James Larcombe
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
John Gilday
Member for Ithaca
Succeeded by
Leonard Eastment